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Supported Internships

A supported internship is a structured study programme based primarily at an employer. They enable young people aged 16-24 with a statement of SEN, or an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace. Supported internships are unpaid, and last for a minimum of six months. Whenever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme. Alongside their time at the employer, young people complete a personalised study programme which may include the chance to study for relevant qualifications.

Supported Internships in Telford & Wrekin


Mencap – Supported Internships


UCAS – Information on Supported Internships


Council for Disabled Children

Amba who is a member of the FLARE disabled children and young people’s group, writes about her experiences of supported internships, and her hopes for the future.

Read Amba’s story - Council for Disabled Children